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The Latvian "SUN" issue of 1918

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Fred Sellars27/06/2021 11:21:11
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One of the more fascinating aspects in the use of paper to produce stamps, comes from the Baltic state of Latvia, apparently at the end of WWI in 1918 this small country along with Estonia and Lithuania declared their independence and in so doing needed postage stamps that were appropriate for the country, at the time the availability of paper suitable for printing stamps was in short supply and because of this problem the government used the reverse of military maps leftover by the German army to produce the stamps required.
In so doing this created thousands of stamps each with a different segment of a map on the reverse of each stamp, only one value was requested and produced at the time this being the 5 Kap denomination, the majority being printed and issued on imperforated sheets, whilst the remaining stock was perforated, due to their design they are known as the "Sun issue"
Here is an imperforated individual example of the 5k stamp on map paper.
Below can be seen a perforated block of 36 of these unusual map stamps as seen from the gummed side (reverse).
A site that deals in the specialisation of Baltic countries by the name of Apsit can be found on entering the following link >

mapintro.htm >**LINK**

I found the information to be very enlightening relating to the history of the use of different papers used in the production of postage stamps. Fred

Fred Sellars28/06/2021 07:40:21
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I forgot to mention, that unlike many other stamp issues, normally upon finding a variety it is usually considered to be a bonus, but with these particular stamps that have been printed with thousands of variations due to the use of many maps, finding one that is identical would be of a more prized accomplishment.

The study of stamps can be wide and varied dependent on what your interests are, whether you're 6 or your 60 it makes no difference, as the majority of philatelists find that it can be very educational and self satisfying along with the pleasure and rewards gained from this great pastime, there's always something new to be discovered !


Gillian Hutchinson08/07/2021 12:01:55
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Very interesting Fred. The things we discover from stamp collecting are many and varied.


Fred Sellars08/07/2021 13:24:06
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That's very true Gillian,

Learning from what others discover is part of life's tapestry. Fred

Fred Sellars11/07/2021 10:36:51
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It's not just map paper that stamps have been printed on Gillian, take for instance this recent innovative issue made by Austria, the stamps were printed using toilet paper as a reminder to keep your distance to prevent the spread of covid-19.

2020-10-24/Austria-prints-a-postage-stamp-on-toilet-paper-to-remember-COVID-19-UQHDFmxTNe/index.html >**LINK**

Whatever next ? Fred.

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